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TCA Awards shockers: 'Glee,' Jane Lynch and Julianna Margulies

August 1, 2010 |  8:40 am
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Women rarely get nominated for Television Critics Assn. Awards, but two just won the performance categories for comedy and drama in the same year for the first time ever: Jane Lynch ("Glee") and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife").

The Margulies win at the TCA Awards is especially surprising since she stars on a traditional legal show aired on broadcast TV. Hey, that's not hyper-cool, which usually matters a lot to gritty TV critics. Margulies beat such critically acclaimed hipsters as John Lithgow ("Dexter"), Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") and "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

An even bigger oddity: "Glee" beat "Modern Family" to win the trophies as program of the year and best new program, but "Modern Family" struck revenge by besting "Glee" to win best comedy. Huh? How can "Glee" be the program of the year but not best comedy? Because TV critics are crazy, illogical and indulge themselves exactly as they well please, thank you very much. These kinds of schizo outcomes happen all the time at the TCA Awards.

Is the "Mad Men" juggernaut derailed? After winning best drama series for the last two years at both the TCA Awards and the Emmys, it lost to two shows that tied at TCA: "Lost" and "Breaking Bad." Previously, "Lost" won best drama series at TCA in 2005 and 2006.

Program of the year: "Glee" (Fox)
Outstanding new program: "Glee" (Fox)
Individual achievement in comedy: Jane Lynch, "Glee" (Fox)
Outstanding achievement in comedy: "Modern Family" (ABC)
Outstanding achievement in drama: TIE – "Lost" (ABC) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Individual achievement in drama: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Outstanding achievement in news and information: "Life" (Discovery)
Outstanding achievement in youth programming: "Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nick Jr.)
Outstanding acheievement in movies, miniseries and specials: "The Pacific" (HBO)
Heritage Award: "MASH" (CBS)
Career achievement: James Garner

Photo: Fox TV

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Forum posters say yea and nay to TCA nominations

June 5, 2009 | 12:27 pm

The nominations for the 25th annual Television Critics Assn. awards elicited a wide range of comments from our forum posters.

Atypical: "The love for "The Shield" is excellent. Walton Goggins! It's about time that some group recognized how great he was on that show."

tornall863: "Weird to see 'Battlestar' nominated for Program of the Year and not Drama Series. Breaking Bad should have Battlestar's spot, but I guess they had to nominate it somewhere 'cause it was the final season. Whatever."

Scout: "I know these nominations are chosen mostly by men, but their constant snubs of women are disgusting."

Joesmith: "I'll never understand what the TCA has against women.  They could have easily made room for Jones or Mary McDonnell or someone else in their line up instead of Hugh Laurie."

zembla: "I'm surprised they don't split up the male and female categories, I mean about unbalanced! Only one woman for each performance category...bizarre..."

Bazzokka Joe: "Good nominees but count me as one who isn't very happy about January Jones not getting a nom in Individual Achievement."

Buffymars: "Sad the critics completely overlooked the very best performance on TV this past season, Alison Pill. So it's gonna be hilarious when she's snubbed and the critics go out of their way to blast the Emmys for not nominating her."

742: "Usually, TCA usually includes one major stupid choice, and this year it's 'SNL.' A couple of months of sporadically inspired election coverage does not make up for a year filled with spectacularly uneven sketches and writing that swerved from very funny to ghastly in the space of a couple of sketches. I could name at least fifteen shows more deserving of a Program of the Year nod, maybe thirty."

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TCA Awards go really crazy for 'Mad Men' and, as usual, slap 'The Wire'

July 19, 2008 | 10:27 pm

The list of winners of the TCA Awards was blasted all over the Internet nearly three hours before leaders of the Television Critics Assn. bothered to post it at their own website. Apparently, it was much more important for members to be boozing it up at the Beverly Hilton ballroom (where the Golden Globes are held) than to post important news about TV, even though it's theirs. Couldn't they have tapped someone to be designated awards poster like drunks appoint a designated driver so that the lushes can hang back at the bar and go crazy?

Or maybe they don't consider the result of TCA Awards important news? And if they don't, why should we?


Speaking of crazy, TCA truly went bonkers for "Mad Men" — voting it best new drama series, best new program plus program of the year. Couldn't they have given one of those prizes — say, best drama or program of the year — to the TV show they fawn over like airhead girls gush over the Jonas Brothers? "The Wire" was nominated for both awards.

No, TCA voters stuck it with that bogus, honorary heritage award instead, a prize that is supposed to hail vintage old shows deserving of renewed attention today. The other four nominees for the heritage prize this year were "M*A*S*H," "Roots," "Saturday Night Live" and "Sesame Street." "The Wire" shouldn't be in that lineup, of course. It's not another old chesnut. But it was given this award as a consolation prize because TCA doesn't have the guts to give it a real one. When "The Wire" competes against contemporary peer programs for a TCA Award, the TV critics don't want it.

That's exactly what TCA did to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" — they stuck it with the phony-baloney heritage award after failing over and over to give it a real prize. And therein lies the proof of what hypocrites its members are. The vast majority of them belly-ached and bashed the Emmys for years because "Buffy," first, then "The Wire" didn't win top awards. Well, as far as I'm concerned, "Buffy" and "The Wire" (which just finished its final season) never won any real TCA awards either, so it's high time that its members practiced some self-flagellation in penance.

At least "Buffy" and "The Wire" have fared better than "Battlestar Galactica," another darling of those TV critics who love to slam the Emmys for failing to recognize its brilliance. So far "Galactica" still hasn't won anything, which suggests that next year, when it's off the airwaves entirely, it's a shoo-in for the next worthless heritage award.

Amazingly, a rare woman received a performance award from the predominantly male organization. Winner of best achievement in comedy Tina Fey ("30 Rock") becomes only the fourth female to claim one of the 24 performance prizes ever bestowed by TCA for comedy or drama. The previous three: Jane Kaczmarek for "Malcolm in the Middle" in 2000 and 2001 and Edie Falco for "The Sopranos" in 2003.

The career achievement award, as usual, went to a man. No females were even nominated this year. Recipient: Lorne Michaels, producer of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." Of the previous 23 honorees, only four were women (Lucille Ball, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore).

Below is the full list of 2008 champs. To see the nominees, CLICK HERE.



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